Premier Inn to open first all-electric hotel

Premier Inn has started construction on what it calls its first “all-electric” hotel.

The Swindon town center property has been designed without a natural gas connection and will instead be fully heated and powered by grid energy generated from renewable sources and by on-site photovoltaic (PV) cells.

The 195-room hotel will also feature air source heat pumps and new water heating technology from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The property is being built on a vacant brownfield site in the city center and will offer a Thyme bar and restaurant, as well as 38 the group’s enriched Premier Plus rooms.

Premier Inn said eliminating natural gas from its property was key to its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2040.

“This is a significant challenge as we rely on natural gas to heat water in our hotel network and power many of our restaurant kitchens across the country,” said Alex Flach, Director of Development of Premier Inn in the UK.

“The new all-electric Premier Inn is designed to give us everything we need to run an operationally successful hotel. The combination of a thermally efficient building and on-site energy recovery and generation systems gave us the confidence to eliminate fossil fuels from the new Premier Inn.

“This is a bold and necessary proof of concept that has the potential to inform the specifications of our new hotels. With over 82,000 rooms currently available to our guests across the UK and Ireland, and the potential to expand our network to 110,000 rooms over time, the impact of what we learn from the hotel electric is huge.

Premier Inn owner Whitbread published its latest ESG report in Mayin which she pledged to accelerate the company’s net zero carbon goal from 2050 to 2040.

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